Music at St Mary’s Primary School is highly valued, not only because of the skills it can allow children to develop but also due to the enjoyment that every child can gain from the subject.
Singing is a key part of school life, with corporate singing in assemblies as well as in class a natural part of our school day. We also encourage the children to be at ease with performing and sharing in front of others though concerts, assemblies and in – class activities.
In Music lessons children are given opportunities to be actively involved in listening, composing and performing, thereby developing their sensitivity to, understanding and enjoyment of the subject.
In all Years the children are given lots of opportunity to sing, improvise, listen and appraise as well compose and perform through musical games and activities. All year groups will have the opportunity to play a range of instruments as follows: Early Years sing daily with their class teacher and explore instruments as part of their curriculum. In KS1, Year 1 the pupils are introduced to a variety of percussion instruments in order to build a strong foundation and develop confidence. In Year 2, the children have the opportunity to play a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments.. These skills are then to be developed in Year 3 when they learn penny whistles.
In Year 4 they learn ukuleles as well as building upon their skills from Key Stage 1.. These skills are then used and developed in year 5 where they have a full year of brass teaching from the visiting “Suffolk Music Hub” teacher. In Year 6 more composition, improvisation and ensemble work is encouraged through learning the keyboard. Pupils are also encouraged to participate in a “Follow on” year learning their brass instruments with the Music Hub teacher.
The children’s experiences are also enhanced by the opportunity to attend choir or participate in lunch time singing activities. Choir is open to all children in Years 2 and above and takes place before school on a Wednesday morning. Our school choir is often invited to sing at local community events as well as in residential homes and churches.
As a school we have strong links with Aldeburgh Music, and also the Philharmonic Orchestra as groups of children have the opportunity to watch the Philharmonic rehearse at the Marina Theatre.